Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy and 61 degrees at 7:55 am in Townsend this morning.  We saw quite a bit of traffic yesterday.  Visitors are here, enjoying the beautiful weather and early Spring.  The air is clear and the mountains are in vivid view from my office.  It is a beautiful Spring-like day.

Little River is flowing higher than normal at 467 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 367 cfs.  The river is flowing at a gauge height of 2.63 feet.  The water temperature is a warm 48.5 degrees.

Fishing is good.  Fishing was good yesterday and blue quills were on the water briefly.  I say briefly because in most cases, the wind blew them away.  But, trout were feeding on top and fishermen caught trout mostly using nymphs.  Today should be much better except for one thing.  It may be breezy.  The wind is not blowing much right now but it did early this morning and last night. Maybe it's over.  

The water temperature will rise into the 50’s today at least in the lower elevations.  The high temperature today is expected to be 72 degrees.  When the water reaches the peak today, whatever that will be, there could be a substantial amount of aquatic insect and trout activity. 

Tomorrow looks good too.  The low temperature tonight should be 50 degrees and the high tomorrow 64 according to the National Weather Service.  There is a chance for rain tomorrow and today, 30% which is not much of a chance.  Take a rain jacket just in case.

Be ready on the stream with Blue Quill and Quill Gordon dry flies.  You should also have a few Blue Wing Olives.  If the wind is blowing or the bugs are not hatching, switch to a nymph.  A Bead Head Pheasant Tail would be an excellent choice in sizes #14 or #16.

The forecast for next week has changed some.  It will be cooler than previously predicted.  Right now they are saying the highs will be in the 50’s with lows in the 30’s starting Tuesday.  Monday’s high is expected to be 62 degrees.

Well, here we go.

There is a scheduled break in the generation schedule at Norris Dam.  Right now, TVA is indicating a shut down of the turbines at 1:00 pm.  They plan to resume at 5:00 pm.  They also plan to shut down Cherokee Dam’s generation at 1:00 pm and resume at 8:00 pm.  Please check the schedules before you go fishing.  They are subject to change.

Lowland river fishing for smallmouth bass might be a possibility this weekend.  The water temperatures are going to climb to within their active range.  It’s hard to say how the smallies will react to this temperature change.  They may need to get used to it for a while.

I talked to one of our neighbors yesterday.  She and her husband live a few hundred feet from our house.  We can't see their house from ours. We live in a vast wilderness area.

They have been watching a pair of bobcats hanging around their house.  They have taken photographs and video of these cats.  The most interesting thing she told me about was an encounter the bobcats nad with a flock of wild turkeys.  The turkeys were browsing around their house.  The turkeys were approached by the bobcats.  Instead of flying off as you would expect, the turkeys stood their ground by getting close to each other and staring down the cats.  The bobcats decided they didn’t want to get into a brawl with that many turkeys and walked off.  I would love to see the video of that.

Our neighbors did see a bobcat dragging a turkey in front of their house about two years ago.  Maybe when it is one on one, the cat wins.  If the cats are outnumbered the turkeys win.

We have received lots of shipments this week from our manufactures like Sage, Rio, Simms, Fishpond and Orvis.  Our inventory is high right now.  Fly shipments from Umpqua, Rainy’s and Holly have arrived.  Just when Angler’s Spring gets here, we are ready.  I am relieved.  Business is good too.  We are busy.  I’m relieved about that too.

I hope you can get out to fish today. I hope to go Wednesday.

Have a great weekend and thank you for being here with us.

UPDATE 1:01 PM - The water temperature is 50 degrees at the Townsend "Y". It is moving upward at a fast rate. Better get out there!

Byron Begley
March 16, 2013

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